Friday, June 5, 2009

J.Crew: Cotton-Silk Ruffle Swirl Tank Review

This is J.Crew's Cotton-Silk Ruffle Swirl Tank (item #15820), which also comes in petite (item #16114) and tall (item #16115).  It retails for $79.50, and is available in light pewter, warm shell, and white.  It is numerically sized.  J.Crew describes the tank as such:
A very feminine summer top with a raw-edged, self-appliqué trim around the collar and swirling down the front. It's romantic and sweet while being comfortable and crisp. Cotton/silk. Classic fit. Sleeveless. Side zip. Straight hem. Fully lined. Hits at hip. Import. Dry clean.
I tried this on in a size 4, in the warm shell color.  The tank fit, but I think I could have sized down to a 2, and wish I had at least tried it in a 2.  The tank has fairly generous armholes, and has a small scoopneck.  It fit comfortably around the bust, but as you can see in the second picture, I think it may have been a tad too big.  Keep in mind that I also usually wear a size 0 or 2 in sleeveless tops, so it's hard for me to make an accurate evaluation of true-to-sizedness.

The fabric itself is very light, so great for the spring and summer.  It is a textured fabric, so not super soft, but still nice to the touch.  The tank doesn't do much to help you out in the waist area, as it's a fairly straight line, but at the same time, it doesn't necessarily add volume either.

The tank is a nice length, hitting at the hip for me.

I know a lot of people liked this tank, but I didn't care for the pattern on it.  I like the ruffles on the color, and I like the idea of the tank in theory, but I think it is a bit too busy for me, with the ruffled outline and the flowers in the middle.  Boyfriend says it looks like an amoeba, and it looks like should be on the cover of a biology book.

I left this one behind, because I just did not care for the pattern.  I thought the tank itself was very nice, but I just know that I would not wear it.  That said, I know many of you out there look great in this tank!

What do you think?  Do you like this tank?  Do you own it?  Which color do you prefer?  What would you pair it with?


Anonymous June 5, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

I agree. The design is too busy and just isn't flattering...a great idea but overdone. Definite pass for me too.

HeidiG June 5, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

I am curious to try it IRL. I haven't yet. I think it would work best with very simple pieces, which is what I tend to wear.

Anonymous June 5, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

I also noticed that the fabric is very stiff.

gigiofca June 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

We all thought this one was going to be so cool. It's nice flowly like I thought it'd be.

Anonymous June 5, 2009 at 4:58 PM  

I'm very much on the fence over this top. I actually like the frontal details fine. The pintucks may be a little busy, but at the same time neat and delicate, so not overpowering. I also love the warm shell color, which is a dusty peach. I find the Swirl top in warm shell gives off an alluring, vintage charm. What I don't like about the top is its fit.

This one definitely fits longer and wider than modeled on the JCrew website. Even in a petite size, the fit a bit too long and baggy, particulary in the shoulder-through-bust area. So, the straps would have to be taken up an inch or so to perfect the fit, but that would also raise an already higher set neckline. :(

I think the trick to pulling this design off is to ensure you have a clean, neat fit in the top to start with. Too much length, too much excess fabric swimming or gaping or bunching anywhere on the body would probably make the busy swirl design overwhelming.


Paper Bag Princess June 5, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

This is so gorgeous online, but in real life it just seems a little over the top...too bad, because it really is a pretty design.

Francesca June 7, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

I ordered the tank as soon as it became available and I was greatly disappointed. Too boxy, too busy a pattern and the boxy cut wasn't flattering on my already rectangular frame. But the deal breaker for me was the side zip, because when it's tucked into a skirt, and you raise your arms, you get this awkward side bulges that show even through a thin sweater! So that was a deal breaker. I sure hope JC comes up with some innovating designs in the fall. All these (what were they thinking?!) tops, overdone chiffon & ruffles and boxy jackets are just making me yawn.